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GRITtv: Melissa Harris Lacewell: Progressive Identity ...

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Melissa Harris Lacewell quotes South Pacific, a progressive musical of its time, saying, “You have to be taught to hate and fear, you have to be taught from year to year, it has to be drummed in your dear little ear.” Alarmingly, schools in Arizona and Texas have incorporated Rogers and Hammerstein’s ideas into their educational policies. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed a bill cutting state funding to schools offering ethnic studies classes. Texas revised its history books to emphasize heroic segregationalists and question the need for separation of church and state. Lacewell wonders, Are young people inherently progressive enough to disregard these institutions? Distributed by Tubemogul.

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